On March 22nd, Shandong Province started a new Environmental Protection Inspection. They have organized five inspection teams. This inspection will last around one month.
It will cover 10 cities including Weifang, Dongying, Jining, Heze, Taian, Rizhao, Zibo, Binzhou, Liaocheng and Laiwu.
Through the provincial environmental protection inspectors, they will:
- focus on the understanding and implementation of national and provincial environmental protection decision-making arrangements.
- Address the outstanding environmental problems.
- Implement the main responsibility for environmental protection.
- Promote the construction of ecological civilization and environmental protection, and promote green development.
They will focus on the outstanding environmental problems which have been complained about or have bad social impact.
The inspectors will focus on environmental quality deterioration of the regional watershed and remediation trend.
They will also focus on the government and Party officials work to protect the environment and enact the standards and regulations.
Another focus is to understand the local government’s implementation of environmental protection on “party and government responsibilities”, “a position have double responsibility”, and its strict accountability, etc.
Inspectors will listen to the report, access documents, have individual conversations, visit sites and make inquiries, do spot checks, etc.
The Beijing environmental inspection team will do another round of checks in Shandong starting in April. We suspect Shandong Province is rolling out this inspection in order to be ready for when the people from Beijing arrive.
There is a high danger that Shandong government will take measures to ensure a good inspection. Aluminum smelters such as Hongqiao and Xinfa are in areas named as being inspected. Will these smelters pass inspection?
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